How to Evaluate Stories
April 6, 2012 – 11:56 AM | 2 Comments

This concise checklist of questions and examples helps writers, producers, editors, publishers, and development executives quickly zero in on key story problems. It reveals what’s missing in any problematic plot. Find what’s wrong and fix …

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Ponyo – Day Ten – #40movies40days
March 19, 2011 – 11:37 AM | One Comment
Ponyo – Day Ten – #40movies40days

The film tells the story is about a curious “daughter of the sea” (Ponyo) who is rescued by a very young boy. Sosuke must promise to love Ponyo in whatever form she appears to him.

The Deer Hunter – Day Nine – #40movies40days
March 18, 2011 – 12:45 PM | 2 Comments
The Deer Hunter – Day Nine – #40movies40days

The Deer Hunter doesn’t hold up after 20+ years. Strong performances by a very young Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep are not enough to salvage the film.

Defiance – Day Eight – #40movies40days
March 17, 2011 – 12:48 PM | No Comment
Defiance – Day Eight – #40movies40days

Defiance tells the remarkable story of Jewish Polish Partisan Fighters who survived World War II by living on the run in the forest.

My Dog Skip – Day Seven – #40movies40days
March 16, 2011 – 9:39 AM | One Comment
My Dog Skip – Day Seven – #40movies40days

My Dog Skip is a great family film. It is an instant streaming film on Netflix and a worthy addition to your queue.

Baby Face – Day Six – #40movies40days
March 15, 2011 – 3:34 PM | 4 Comments
Baby Face – Day Six – #40movies40days

The film is notorious for its unrelenting and unsavory look at women’s lack of power in society and commerce (except for sexual power). Baby Face was the film that finally compelled the movie studios to enforce the Hays Office production code that would, for decades, censor American movie morality.

The Shopworn Angel – Day Five – #40movies40days
March 14, 2011 – 11:46 AM | 3 Comments
The Shopworn Angel – Day Five – #40movies40days

Pettigrew’s pure honest example teaches Daisy and her boyfriend Sam the meaning of real love.